Saturday, April 7, 2012

Notes From Home

Happy Easter Weekend!
I've had more free time lately to pursue things that interest me and a touch of spring fever too.
I've been enjoying being out in our garden before it becomes summer here and everything turns crispy and burnt.

I've been taking a free online Growing Herbs for Beginners class

and here's my class project, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Sweet Basil, German Thyme, Bay Leaf & Calendula.  The last two are from seed packets.  I'm not sure if the seeds are going to have enough time to mature before the temperature here reaches 115 degrees or if they'll survive indoors with central air conditioning.  
Like everything else in life, it's going to be a learning process.  

I planted some in "pots" and some in the garden with our tomatoes, lettuce and carrots.  
I up-cycled ice cream buckets that we saved for pots and picked a couple of smaller ice cream containers from the trash to house my seeds until the seedlings are big enough to transplant. 

One of the reasons for trying a potted herb garden was shade, the table has an umbrella and if they don't do well in this area of the yard I can pick them up and move them to another location.  

A couple of Stevia plants with the African Daisies on the other side of the house.

My husbands shaded garden, the sun is so intense here that Rick tried using sun shade to cover some of the plants so maybe they wouldn't burn up and it works.  There are lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, green onions and the ever encroaching Bermuda grass under the shade.

Hopefully the next pictures won't be of dried up scorched plants!

Thanks for visiting my blog today and have a blessed Easter -


Sharon Huffman said...

It looks like you're off to a good start! You have reminded me that it's past time to get started here in Kansas. We've had such a warm winter that I'm afraid to think of what summer will be like!

kare said...

Happy Easter to You & the family!

i'll Bee interested to see how your garden grows..mine has been contrary;]

We have Some hope this year with shade to be added before heatstroke hits!


Lisa Jane said...

looking forward to updates on the herbs . They look fab and will taste wonderful in your cooking
Lisa x

Jennifer said...

Love your different area of gardening! I just love fresh herbs and veggies and flowers are a must! Enjoy!

Mary J said...

How lovely, it's always fab to see new growth!

I've featured you on my Make It Monday post today! You can see it here...

Thx again for sharing with us!

M x

nwilliams6 said...

Keep us posted! My DH said no planting this year other than the field for the cows. I think he got a bit tired of doing it on his own - LOL! Your garden looks well thought out - good luck!!!